Snapchat’s New Mental Health Tool Will Offer Helpful Intervention
Snapchat is launching a search tool called Here For You that will surface “safety resources” from mental health experts when users search for sensitive topics like anxiety, depression, suicide, and bullying, the company announced Tuesday.
Snapchat said in their statement: “All of this reflects the responsibility we feel to help make a positive impact on the lives of the people who use our platform. Today, in honor of Safer Internet Day, we are announcing several resources to help uphold this responsibility. We’re starting with a new feature, called Here For You, that will provide proactive in-app support to Snapchatters who may be experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, or who may be curious to learn more about these issues and how they can help friends dealing with them.”
For instance, if a user searched for “thinspo” (content that may skew to be pro-anorexia), the search results would “intervene” with content by experts, Fast Company reports.
Snapchat says it plans to roll out the Here For You tool in the coming weeks.
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